Thursday, June 28, 2012
Can't We All Just Get Along?
After a week of
1. Lulu being terrified of walking through any room where Lois & Walt were hulking
2. Wally having a constant look of extreme stress on his face (more whites of his eyes showing than you can imagine)
3. Lola figuring out where Lucy's favorite spots to lay, then lorcaing in them with a sly grin (BTW, just read that the new weight loss drug is called "LORCASTATIN". PERFECT)
4. The dogs trying to attack each other every damn time they came in the house/yard after a walk or Lulu went under the table when we were eating and other apparently stressful events
Cara took matters in hand from afar and contacted a dog "whisperer" to come see us. She was a little weird (I mean she's a dog whisperer), but had a lot of solid advice and observations for us. She told us the two olds can no longer bully Lucy and we needed to keep them separated until we are able to achieve a "Pack" with the 3 of them. She suggested we continue our daily walks (oddly, all 3 are fine with each other when on the leash. I guess they know that they are not the pack leaders when they are on leashes or something) She wants us to work on their training after their daily walk, with the 3 dogs each on a leash working with a human but all in the same area so they can start to get used to each other (the basic sit, wait, down and come commands with lots of treats) And get a baby gate to keep them separate in the house.
So far, it's definitely MUCH more relaxed. It's pretty easy in our little house to divide it between living room and kitchen/dining room so that the pups can be in a comfy place but apart. They are enjoying the walks and the treats and the attention. Lulu is a training superstar (you knew she would be a teacher's pet) and Lola knows all the commands. She doesn't necessarily want to DO them for you but she knows them and is getting way better. Walt is a buffoon who will do anything for a treat. And is also getting better at following commands :-)
Lisa our DW also recommended a homeopathic remedy for dogs called "Harmony" which she says can be very effective. I ordered some and we are interested to see if it really does work. Can't hurt anyways. Plus our upcoming move to a much larger house (5 bedrooms, 3 living areas and a much bigger yard) should help everyone relax.
Can't say I ever planned to be a dog person, but I'm learning right along with the three stooges.